Sorry James Franco fans, the hearthrob won’t be back to reprise is role as Harry Osborn. Instead director Marc Webb opted for up and comer Dane Dehaan to play Spidey’s ill-fated best friend. Dehaan beat out the likes of Les Miserables Eddie Redmayne, and The Hunger Games Sam Clafin. The folks at Vulture told us Webb tweeted a picture of DeHaan with the caption “Meet Harry Osborn.” Dehaan responded via Twitter “To say I’m excited is an understatement.” Aww, it’s so sweet to see a young actor get a big break like this.
Dehaan isn’t a total rookie, he’s been in a few feature films in recent days. He starred in the 2012 sort of hit, Chronicle, about three friends who gain superpowers at a party. It’s safe to say The Amazing Spider-man is certainly an upgrade. Dehaan played Cricket Tate in the crime drama Lawless, as a secondary star to Shia LeBoef and Tom Hardy. He was most recently seen in Lincoln as “Second White Soldier” – doesn’t sound like he quite had the lead or even a memorable role in that one. Deehan also had a guest arc on the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment in 2010.
Deehan joins Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, and the recently cast Jamie Foxx in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, due to start filming early 2013.